Harry Mortimer Medal awarded to Brad Turnbull
The Musicians’ Company is pleased to announce that Brad Turnbull is the 2019 recipient of the Mortimer Medal. The medal recognises service in fostering new generations of brass band musicians, having been endowed in 1995 by Margaret Mortimer in memory of her husband.
Brad has been particularly successful in nurturing young brass players from their first experience in whole class Wider Opportunities/First Access projects. An above average number have progressed through group tuition in school into the local music centre in Kettering. Many have then progressed from school bands and ensembles to become members of the County Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. The Northamptonshire Music Education Hub works in partnership with 90% of local brass bands, and a significant number of former students play in community bands in the region. Brad also teaches brass and conducts the brass band at Bishop Stopford School in Kettering, where James and Thomas Fountain were among his students.
For fourteen years, Brad has been the conductor of the Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Under his direction the band has enjoyed consistent success at the National Youth Brass Band Championships and the National Festival of Music for Youth. It has also represented England at the European Youth Brass Band Championships, and toured to Poland, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Italy.
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